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The New Fountain of Youth: Meditation

Is meditation the fountain of youth? The search for youth and vitality is certainly not new. While I’m sure the ancient Egyptians never walked into a health spa for a bird poop facial (yes I’m afraid it does exist) there is evidence that our ancestors were just as intrigued by the concept of eternal youth as we are today. For some of the early Chinese Emperors, the answer to this ancient mystery was considered to be drinking liquid gold. Results were mixed! Rather than prolonging life and enabling the rulers of China to adopt a jaunty skip in their step, they died of toxic poisoning. Not to be dissuaded from their early attempts, determined alchemists continued their experimentation and turned to mercury. It’s probably not the best idea mankind has ever come up with. [Source: FabOverFifty.com]

We have a fascination with staying young

Modern science has thankfully progressed and we now understand more about the human body. Our fascination with staying young, and more importantly, staying fit and healthy is still with us today. While most of the attention is placed upon diet and exercise, which is undoubtedly of great importance, there is an oft-overlooked area that controls our entire body and all of its complex functions: our minds.

How we think and react to everything around us is determined by those six inches between our ears. The stimuli of every day life and our responses to them, is all a reflection of how we perceive the world around us. Our respiratory rate, blood pressure, production of hormones and stress responses can all be influenced by our state of mind. Meditation it would seem, could hold the key. Long-term meditators have been found to have a biological age 5-15 years lower than their actual chronological age. Cardiovascular health is substantially improved, skin tone and elasticity make us look years younger and our overall physical condition is greatly enhanced. But why is this? How does meditation help us stay younger?

How does meditation help us stay younger?

Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, the founding president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation has some answers.

“Meditation lowers blood pressure and other markers of aging including MVO2 or oxygen demand. It enhances psychological well-being, perhaps the most significant determinate of telomere length (telemores are the end cap of our DNA), which is a very important marker of aging and longevity: longer telomeres = less illness and longer life.”

Meditation 1 – Mercury 0

His research into Alzheimer’s is also intriguing.

“Our research reveals that meditation lowers the stress chemical in the blood called cortisol. Cortisol kills brain cells and leads to cognitive decline. A simple 12 minute daily meditation enhances brain blood flow in critical areas of the brain and reverses memory loss.”

Learning to manage the stress that we all come under from time to time, whether it’s from work or our relationships, can physically slow down the ageing process in our bodies. Creating a harmonious nervous system will ensure that the cells within our mind and body get the healthy nutrients they need, our cellular repair functions are operating at their regenerating best, and are hormones are nicely balanced. Additionally, issues with our skin, sleep, energy levels, migraines, memory, concentration, and any issues with migraines, anxiety or depression can all be addressed if we simply provide the optimal environment for our cells and organs to function in. The only side effect is a sense of wellbeing, calm and clarity that will pervade all aspects of your every day life.

12 Years Younger in 12 minutes

We’ve all heard the saying “health body – healthy mind”, maybe the reverse holds some merit. When we spend so much money on cosmetics and anti-aging creams, it would seem that the simplest and most effective solution, only costs us a small amount of our time every day. If the large advertising agencies of the world launched a new face cream made from the droppings of the cave dwelling Guatemalan Bat, complete with the slogan “12 years younger in 12 minutes”, we would all be running to the nearest Central American retail store to grab a bottle. That’s the beauty of meditation. There’s no gimmick, it’s free to do, and the effects on our body, mind and overall health can be very profound indeed. Plus it’s much better for you than drinking the contents of your thermometer.

About the Author: Will Williams is the founder of Will Williams Meditation and provides classes and courses for Meditation in London, Brighton and Geneva. Follow him on Twitter.

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What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

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CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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